Eureka's magical season ends

Tom Batters

The Eureka High School girls basketball team lost to Stillman Valley, 38-26, Monday night at the Class 2A Monmouth Supersectional, ending a magical season in which the Hornets (24-7) won 21 of their last 22 games and captured a Sectional title.

“I’m so proud of these girls,” said first-year Eureka coach Jerry Prina. We started 3-5, and 0-3 in our conference, but these girls kept fighting. They never quit.”

Senior guard Kalla Gold, a second-team all-state selection and the leading scorer in school history, led Eureka with 15 points.

“We knew we had to stop No. 10 (Gold),” said Stillman Valley coach Heather Alderks. “She’s a great player. She does so many good things going to her right, so we tried to take that away from her.”

The much-taller Stillman Valley (26-6) team advanced to the state finals.

“Their size really hurt us,” Prina said. “They passed over the top of us all night. And, we didn’t shoot very well.”

Read more about this game and the Hornets’ season in the Feb. 29 edition of the Woodford Times.

EHS BOYS ADVANCE

The Eureka High School boys basketball team advanced at the Class 2A Putnam County Regional after a 62-42 win over Spring Valley Hall.

Junior Jared McCunn scored 17 points for the Hornets, who owned a 19-7 third-quarter advantage.

The Hornets will play top-seeded Fieldcrest at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Regional semifinal.